With the nominations for the Oscars/Academy Awards announced , let's make this the Oscars Line !
We can discuss the Oscars , then and now , including " the genre contingent " ( Historically - especially in the " big " categories -rather low . )...Perhaps on Feb 27 , anyone who's able to could live-comment !!!!!!!!! ( As happened before on Another Board when I started an OL a coupla years back . )
Here where I'm at , a suprising number of movie theaters/other places actually show the Oscars show on the big screen on the big nite ,presumably by projection TV?? , charging a variable amount for the ticket .
Does this happen anywhere else ? I've seen an official ABC poster at a theater that was doing thus , presumably they/the Academy tolerate that under properly set-up conditions , much as PPV boxing matches and the like do get shown at bars and such .
...While trying to avoid qualatative arguments about the BOS nod-ees , there appears to have been some decided pendulum-swunging over the yaers regarding the " popness " of the BOSs .
It appears that in some years the songs have reached a lot more " real world " prominence - Depening of course to a certain extent on what your drf. of " the real world " is , and eras , too , not just individual years , appear to see-saw back and forth regarding - Well , how widely know the Song nod-ees have becone that year .
Apart from if they actually saw the movie , or bought some soundtrack/DVD , haa anyone here even HEARD any of the Song nods ?????
I'm so utterly out of touch with how pop music is spread/disseminated now:-( , whether over mainstream radio or more " modern/post-moderrn " methods , I hardly count as any sort of good test for this...
I favor the idea of having a "Best Comedy/Musical" award because, frankly, comedies almost never get nominated and are less likely to win.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, if any given comedy was really, really good, it could compete on equal footing for Best Picture, but I'll believe that argument the day a Pixar movie wins Best Picture.
...OTTOMH , I guess " It Happened One Night " , and , I guess , " Terms Of Endearment " ( SPOILER ! )...in which , um , Debra Winger dies at the end , while her mother looks on at her... count as " comedies " , plus some musicals actually are " musical comedy " enough...Well , in the 21st , " Chicago " is a grim/dark comedy...Yes , being in the " musical " genre is more immediately noticable , true...
...Okay , my songs thing .
The BOS nods are up to four this year , from three the last few years .
Will they be regulated to a medley this year , as , IIRC , happened last year with Peter Gabriel opting out of singing his nod for that reason ?????
As far as the " pop-ness " of any given year's crop of songs , certainly , especially , no doubt , for most folks here , 1984 standsd as a quanitative/commercial success high point , with ALL FIVE nominees Billboard Hot 100 Number One hits !!!!!!!!!!!
Look it up yourself .
Every year I keep track of how many movies across ALL the categories I can see before the Oscars; my quixotic goal is to someday see ALL the nominees before Oscar night...Expensive !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These are the picks I sent to my friend Mike for our annual Oscar bet.
BEST PICTURE The King's Speech
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Annette Benning, The Kids Are Allright
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Toy Story 3
ART DIRECTION Alice in Wonderland
CINEMATOGRAPHY True Grit, Roger Deakins
COSTUME DESIGN I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
DIRECTING David Fincher, The Social Network
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Restrepo
DOCUMENTARY SHORT Killing in the Name
FILM EDITING The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Incendies
MAKEUP Barney's Version
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) The King's Speech
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) "We Belong Together"
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) Day & Night
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) Na Wewe
SOUND EDITING Inception
SOUND MIXING The Social Network
VISUAL EFFECTS Inception
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) The Social Network
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) The King's Speech
I just watched the whole thing (I can't live blog it; the TV and computer aren't in the same room).
Overall, I liked it. But then, I like Anne Hathaway; to me, she can do no wrong ... at least, not until the next Batman movie. In that, she's totally miscast -- Anne Hathaway, femme fatale? I can't see it -- but I love her dearly and can trust that she will give it it her all, like she did here tonight.
James Franco ... meh. But Anne Hathaway? Yeah!
I watched the whole thing too. It was pretty good. Some awkwardness but that usually happens every year. Anne Hathaway did a great job as the host. James Franco was alright. He seemed uncomfortable up there.
As far as the winners go I don't thik there were any major surprises.